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Look, if you want to knock Michael Young and tell me the only thing that made him a great player was the ability to consistently hit for a high average, that’s fine.
But then you must not think much of Derek Jeter, either.
How many times did he offer to switch positions for the good of the Rangers?
But you don’t hear the same thing when you mention longtime Texas Rangers infielder Michael Young.
So if Jeter is such a sure-fire first balloter, why isn’t Young even in the conversation? The numbers don’t lie. Would we look at Young any differently had be been the one playing shortstop for the Yankees?
Zero. He publicly and frequently whined each time he was moved.
Player dWAR PA OPS+ Rfield WAR/pos SB PosTony Fernandez 14.3 8793 101 31 45.1 246 *654H/DTim Wallach 9.7 8908 102 66 38.4 51 *5/3H9D7164Joe Sewell 9.1 8333 108 -4 53.7 74 *65/H4Jay Bell 8.7 8525 101 -12 36.7 91 *64/H53DPie Traynor 1.9 8297 107 -32 36.3 158 *5/6H3Stuffy McInnis -4.4 8638 105 31 34.3 172 *3/65H47Ray Durham -5.8 8423 104 -102 33.7 273 *4H/D8Todd Zeile -7.4 8649 104 -71 19.2 53 *532/HD71Michael Young -11.4 8612 104 -154 24.1 90 654D3/HRuben Sierra -16.4 8782 105 -67 17.0 142 *9D7H/8
Last night I flipped to the MLB Network. Dan Plesac said that Michael Young reminded him of Paul Molitor. I flipped away from the MLB Network.
By the first year Young played a full season, Jeter already had 6 superstar seasons under his belt.
Last night I flipped to the MLB Network. Dan Plesac said that Michael Young reminded him of Paul Molitor
This article is trying to make people appreciate Young, but it does the opposite, practically begging people to argue against its bad arguments. If you want to make people appreciate Young, maybe say nice things about him that actually make sense.
2375 hits vs 3316
That's nuts and says a lot about Jeter. That discrepancy alone should have been enough for this guy to understand.
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